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Monday, November 19, 2012
A caution about holiday overeating...for your dog.
Los Angeles Animal Services
Important Pet Alert
during Thanksgiving can be serious for pets
Thanksgiving is the time of year when family
and friends get together to enjoy each other’s company and a myriad of delicious
foods. We have a tendency to include our four-legged family members in this
feast, which often results in overindulgence. Even when we don’t purposely
include them, the agile and creative dog or cat can capture a special treat from
the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room
Thanksgiving weekend is also a busy time for emergency
veterinary clinics. Dogs and cats suffer very serious and sometimes fatal
consequences from turkey bones, too much rich and fatty foods and just plain
overeating. If your pet is not acting like himself or herself, consult your
veterinarian. Your best friend could be seriously ill.
difficult to comprehend, but when giving pets treats you must consider the
relative size of their body compared to yours. If you weigh 150 pounds and your
dog weighs 25 pounds, he or she is only 1/6th of your total weight. If you
visualize yourself as a whole pie, comparatively your dog is only one slice of
pie. Consequently, sharing an unfinished plate that still holds a generous
serving of mashed potatoes with gravy, a side of very rich dressing, a few bites
of turkey and a small slice of pumpkin pie with your best friend can make him or
her feel miserable.
You do want your pets to enjoy the holiday. Stop
by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats; then
reduce the amount of their regular meal to accommodate the treats they will be
getting throughout the day. Remember, biscuits and treats are usually much
higher in calories than regular pet food so having them skip dinner may be a
prudent choice if they have been snacking all day.